Monday, May 07, 2012
RECORDED IN B-FLAT MINOR AND B-FLAT MAJOR
I really loved this lot when they burst onto the scene back in late 2002. It was this thrilling song and wholly memorable video that first got me hooked:
This led me to go out and buy a mini-LP called Whip It On. Every single one of the tracks was recorded in the key of B-Flat Minor (not that I have a clue about these sorts of things...but it is a claim made on the front of the sleeve and seemingly can be substantiated). All 8 songs rattle along at a cracking pace...most between 2 and 3 minutes in length and the longest at 3:14. There isn't time to get bored with any track as the next one is not far behind.
In addition to Attack Of The Ghost Riders, there was this other excellent single:-
mp3 : The Raveonettes - Beat City
While the other track that I adore from that particular recording is this:-
mp3 : The Raveonettes - Chains
It took a full year for the debut LP to be released. And quite clearly the band felt 'if ain't broke, don't fix it' as it was very similar to Whip It On. But this time on Chain Gang Of Love there were 11 songs, with the times ranging between 1:44 and 3:16. Oh and the album was recorded entirely in B-Flat Major (like I could tell!!)
The whole LP can be devoured in around 33 minutes. It contained yet another classic single:-
mp3 : The Raveonettes - That Great Love Sound
But if truth be told. I was left a wee bit disappointed at the time as I didn't think the LP was as good as the mini-LP of 12 months earlier. And while I haven't altered that opinion, I gave Chain Gang Of Love a fresh listen in its entirety and really enjoyed it. Especially this:-
mp3 : The Raveonettes - New York Was Great
I know that Drew has remained a bit of a fan over the years and he has excellent taste in music. I've made up my mind that next time I'm in one of those shops that often sell old CDs at reduced prices I'll have a peek to see if the later Raveonettes material is available.